“But some of us cannot forget and will never forgive. We keep our axes sharp, ready to grind. We hold pleas for mercy between our teeth like jawbreakers. They say a grudge is a heavy thing to carry. Good thing we’re extra strong.”
Thank you Berkley Publishing for gifting me a copy of DARLING ROSE GOLD by Stephanie Wrobel to read and review.
“For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. She was allergic to everything, used a wheelchair and practically lived at the hospital. Neighbors did all they could, holding fundraisers and offering shoulders to cry on, but no matter how many doctors, tests, or surgeries, no one could figure out what was wrong with Rose Gold.
Turns out her mom, Patty Watts, was just a really good liar.
After serving five years in prison, Patty gets out with nowhere to go and begs her daughter to take her in. The entire community is shocked when Rose Gold says yes.
Patty insists all she wants is to reconcile their differences. She says she’s forgiven Rose Gold for turning her in and testifying against her. But Rose Gold knows her mother. Patty Watts always settles a score.
Unfortunately for Patty, Rose Gold is no longer her weak little darling…
And she’s waited such a long time for her mother to come home”
Once you’ve had the opportunity to read this book, just go on and try to name a more dysfunctional mother-daughter duo…. I’ll wait. But, in all seriousness, this book was so unbelievably disturbing. I am familiar with Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy and have only read one other book depicting the syndrome (hello Sharp Objects) but DARLING ROSE GOLD bothered me immensely.
Wrobel is a talented writer and truly can weave an intricately woven story that is full of a lot of uncomfortable moments. I was completely surprised by this book and found it to be a fascinating portrayal of the Gypsy Rose Blanchard case with its own twist of an ending.
Because of the nature of the storyline, DARLING ROSE GOLD was a quick read as I was eager to discover what Rose Gold was up to. However, there were parts of the book that I did find to be a little drawn out and slow compared to the rest of the story. Overall, it was a masterfully told story and I look forward to what Stephanie Wrobel writes next.
Thank you Berkley Publishing and Stephanie Wrobel for the opportunity to read this book. DARLING ROSE GOLD was released on March 17, 2020, and is available to order now.